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Chicago White Sox vs. Toronto Blue Jays - 5/18/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Toronto Blue Jays at Chicago White Sox
Date & Time Saturday May 18, 2019, 4:00 PM (EDT)
Location
Guaranteed Rate Field
Chicago, IL
The Line
Chicago White Sox / Toronto Blue Jays -- O/U:
TV Channel
RSN
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The Toronto Blue Jays and the Chicago White Sox meet in game three of their four game set in MLB action from Guaranteed Rate Field in MLB action on Saturday.

The Toronto Blue Jays will look to keep the momentum going after taking down Chicago in game two on Friday. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Danny Jansen each had a home run and two RBIs while Justin Smoak had a solo shot. Billy McKinney went 4 for 5 with a pair of doubles and an RBI while Eric Sogard and Brandon Drury each had a double and an RBI. Freddy Galvis chipped in an RBI of his own while Randal Grichuk went 2 for 5. Rowdy Tellez added a base hit of his own to round out Toronto’s offense as a team in the victory. Aaron Sanchez gave up both runs on three hits while striking out four over three innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Sam Gaviglio got the win to improve to 3-0 on the year after tossing three innings of relief.

The Chicago White Sox will look to bounce back after dropping game two on Friday. Yoan Moncada went 2 for 4 with an RBI while Leury Garcia had an RBI to cap off Chicago’s scoring as a team in the loss. Tim Anderon had two hits of his own while Yolmer Sanchez and Charlie Tilson each chipped in a base hit as the White Sox had just six hits as a team in the losing effort. Ivan Nova took the loss, falling to 2-4 on the year after allowing nine runs, eight earned, on eight hits while walking four over just three innings of work. Lucas Giolito will start game three and is 4-1 with a 3.55 ERA and 46 strikeouts this season. In his career, Giolito is 1-0 with a 4.76 ERA and 11 strikeouts against Toronto.

Toronto is 4-12 in their last 16 games overall and 3-7 in their last 10 road games while the under is 15-6 in their last 21 games against the AL Central. Chicago is 4-1 in Giolito’s last 5 starts and 2-5 in their last 7 home games while the under is 6-2 in their last 8 game three matchups. Toronto is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams in Chicago.

As a Toronto fan, this kinda stinks for me to say, but even though Toronto hasn’t announced a starter yet, I don’t like Toronto’s chances here. Giolito is really starting to round into form, giving up one run or less in three of his last four starts. Granted one of those outings was just 2.2 innings, but Giolito’s last start lasted seven innings and he allowed just one run against these same Blue Jays. Chicago isn’t a team that I’m trying to back on a regular basis, but Giolito is turning into the staff ace, so I’ll side with the White Sox in game three on Saturday.

Pick:
Chicago White Sox

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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